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Does anyone know where plans could be gotten to build one of those wooden clamshell ports like the kind seen on traditional schooners and other "William Garden (Gardner?)" type boats?

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Sounds like a question to ask on the WoodenBoat website: http://www.woodenboat.com/
They''ll proabably have six different types of clam plans available, depending on which Ocean you want to sail in, and the kind of clams that grow there.
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Eric, am I right in thinking you mean a traditional skylight? They require a pretty high level of joinery-skill to build properly, and even then most seem to leak. But they certainly look nice.

I came across an article in an old WoodenBoat a while back that gave details of a fake skylight that was really a Dorade-type ventilator. You might perhaps like to consider that instead. I''ve posted a self-explanatory sketch at --

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1231924&a=9091792&p=33664780&Sequence=0&res =high

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